Projects Landscape Architecture & Planning

Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Bikeway and Reservation

Cleveland, Ohio

DLZ assembled a project team to design a 10-foot wide bikeway with four pedestrian bridges along 4.2 miles of the existing towpath adjacent to the Ohio and Erie Canal and a new park facility.  The project is located on land between East 49th Street, the Cuyahoga River, the BP Transmission Plant, and the American Steel and Wire Plant. This project also included the design of asphalt parking areas, park entrance roads, roadway drainage, water mains, roadway lighting, and canal bank stabilization.

In addition to construction administration services, bank stabilization along the canal slope and the bank of the Cuyahoga River was achieved through a combination of conventional and bioengineering techniques. Extensive landscaping was performed along the length of the bikeway, including trees, groundcover, signing, and benches.  The park facility includes a new roadway, all-purpose trail, boardwalk and overlook, picnic shelters, restrooms, parking facilities, and a visitor’s center.